SANTA MONICA—A bomb threat near the Santa Monica Pier on Monday, September 11 led to authorities shutting down the pier. The public was informed to stay away from the entire region including Ocean Avenue as authorities commenced their investigation.
Lt. Saul Rodriguez of the Santa Monica Police Department indicated in a video via Twitter, that authorities received a radio call at around 12:30 p.m. about a possible bomb threat on the pier by the Hawthorne Police Department. Shortly afterwards, the Department received another call from the Culver City Police Department about a bomb threat.
Lt. Rodriguez indicated the SMPD was unable to link that to any specific caller, which led authorities to conducting a perimeter search of the Santa Monica Pier. They discovered a suspicious vehicle located on the Southeast portion of the pier. The entire SM Pier was evacuated by authorities as they investigated the scene. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Bomb Squad deemed the vehicle to be safe. Local FBI assisted the SMPD in the investigation.
The events at the pier led to the cancellation of PROCON, which were to be held on Monday. The Santa Monica Pier posted on its Facebook page the following statement: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, PROCON at the Pier will be CANCELLED TODAY. Please join us next week for week 2.”
“@SantaMonicaPier has been reopened. Thank you for your patience today. Please sign up for emergency updates: http://www.smalerts.net,” tweeted the Santa Monica Police Department. There were no reports of any injuries during the incident.